Courts make effective and binding interpretations of the law, which the state effectively enforces, without claims of infallibility and irreformability
57) This seems an extrapolated interpretation probably motivated by knowledge of later disputes over irreformability initiated by the Franciscans and Guido's active involvement in the preparation of papal bulls.
This is not to deny that Guido might have later developed his view along hard infallibility lines, especially in the context of later 1320s disputes over irreformability initiated by the Franciscans.
Despite the fact that the encyclical's judgments carried great weight at the time, it is significant that Rosmini in practice opposed the contention regarding the irreformability
of the Church by hastily composing between November 18, 1832, and March 11, 1833, the Five Wounds, presenting a thorough examination of what he regarded as the most important dysfunctions afflicting the institutional Catholic Church of his time.
The papalists also believed that since the pope was infallible when he pronounced definitive judgments on matters of faith and morals, the irreformability of his teaching did not depend on the consensus of the bishops.
But surely, every Catholic theologian should know that the ex sese clause of Pastor aeternus excludes consensus to a papal definition only if it is made a condition on which the irreformability of the definition would depend.
Grisez would then appear to accept, in part, Sullivan's extension of canon 749[section]3 to nondefined dogma, at least for the faithful, since, in the case of artificial contraception, the irreformability
of this teaching would not have been clearly established for them.
27) So, it seems to me, irreformability
specifically excludes the prospect of such review(28)--a prospect and thus an exclusion simply irrelevant to teachings proposed infallibly by the bishops as a whole, whether by a general council or by the universal, ordinary magisterium.
As I understand the matter, irreformability
is the distinctive quality of infallible teaching, whether this is in the form of a solemn definition or in the form of the teaching of the ordinary universal magisterium that a doctrine is "definitively to be held.